ST. GEORGE – A 25-year-old man was arrested Monday on 22 counts of forgery and 22 counts of unlawful use of a finance card after he changed the credit card tip amount while serving at a St. George restaurant. His $335 tip slips have landed him a $220,000 bail.
Officers responded to George’s Corner on St. George Boulevard Monday on a citizen’s assist after the restaurant’s owner called police, St. George Police Officer Tim Linton said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
When Linton arrived, the owner of the restaurant told him that she had discovered one of her servers had been changing the credit card tip amount left by his customers on the credit card receipts.
The dollar amounts that were changed totaled $335 for the month of August, Linton said in the statement, and the restaurant owner was still working on the credit card receipts for June and July.
The server was located outside of the restaurant.
Kyle Matthew West, of Washington City, was arrested and charged with 22 third-degree felonies for forgery, along with 22 additional third-degree felonies for unlawful use of a financial card.
West was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Monday. His bail is set at $220,000.
West’s initial court appearance is set for Tuesday. According to booking information posted as this report is published, he remains in custody.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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